21 August 2013

Proposed Ancestry presentation

An Ancestry blog post, Using Big Data To Drive Story Telling is about a proposal for a presentation at SxSW Interactive, and soliciting votes in support. It reads in part:

Increased pressure to find meaning in mounds of data—in real-time and at scale—has given rise to technology that analyzes and turns individual data points into bite-sized prose and, in some cases, fascinating personal stories.
Take for example, the man who was responsible for spreading the Spanish Influenza that ultimately killed more than 20 million people worldwide.  Imagine instantly weaving together a history about this man’s life and his family’s journey to the U.S. through technology that mines historical data kept in records.
It sounds like an interesting topic. Maybe there will be other opportunities to hear it at genealogical meetings.
Ancestry requests your vote for the presentation, after registration, via the SxSW PanelPicker: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/20207. Voting closes on Friday, September 6 (11:59 PM CST).

You may enjoy this by Nate Silver from the last SxSW Interactive, 25 minutes of presentation and a long Q/A period.

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